Craving Sweets? It Could Be Your Bodyweight

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It’s a catch-22: Being obese makes you less sensitive to sweet taste, which leads to more sugar cravings and more weight gain. That’s because body fat is responsible for getting your brained hooked on sugar. Penn State researchers looked at the differences between the sense of taste and pleasure that obese and lean individuals derive from sweet foods. “When you have excess body weight, the brain is supposed to tell you not to eat more, or not choose high caloric […]

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Why You Should Eat Jicama Today

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A dietary staple in Latin America, jicama is a root vegetable that looks like a turnip with thin gray, tan, or brown skin and a white, fleshy interior. Raw jicama tastes similar to an apple crossed with a potato. Best of all, this healthy food is low in calories and fat, but high in fiber. A 60 g serving of jicama (about ½ cup) has only 25 calories, 5 g of carbohydrates, 3 g of dietary fiber, and 1 g […]

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Should You Exercise During Pregnancy?

Should You Exercise During Pregnancy

Yes! Doctors use to restrict the amount and type of exercise pregnant women could do, but that’s all changed. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists advocates exercise for pregnant women. In fact, the ACOG recommends pregnant women become active and exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. That’s because exercising during your pregnancy improves posture, strength and endurance, helps reduce backaches, and improves your mood and energy. Exercise may also help prevent or treat gestational diabetes. But how […]

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Is This Enough Water?

Is This Enough Water

Everyone’s heard of this rule of thumb: Drink 8 glasses of water a day. Does that mean you should chug a huge jug of H2O daily? Not necessarily. The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies recommends women drink 91 ounces a day, and men 125 ounces. But water can come from a variety sources–not just your tap. Generally, about 45 to 50 percent of daily water intake comes from drinking fluids, and about 35 percent from eating food. Fruits […]

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Lose Fat, Not Weight

If you’re “skinny fat,” chances are you don’t want to drop weight, just fat. Don’t confuse fat loss with weight loss! The two aren’t necessarily interchangeable, and here’s why. Your total weight in kilos–or pounds–is a number that doesn’t discern between fat and lean body mass. Fat mass includes essential body fat (the fat in cell membranes and surrounding internal organs) and storage body fat, which your body uses as insulation and a source of fuel. Lean body mass, meanwhile, […]

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Chocolate Seduction: Valentine’s Day Options

Chocolate Seduction: Valentine’s Day Options

Valentine’s Day is the single biggest day of the year for chocolate sales. According to Nielsen, consumers are expected to buy more than $345 million in chocolate candy during Valentine’s week, with more than 58 million pounds of chocolate candy being sold. And February 13, the day before Valentine’s Day, is the top total candy and chocolate candy buying day in February. What are folks on a diet to do? It’s hard not be tempted by those heart-shape boxes filled […]

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Your Weight-Loss Weapon: Protein for Breakfast

Protein for Breakfast

We’ve always known the importance of a good breakfast. And in 2008, we discovered the benefits of a big breakfast. But do you consider macronutrients when making your morning meal? You should, because prioritizing protein in your breakfast could help you loose weight. If you’re like most Americans, you don’t consume enough protein in the morning. In fact, it generally represents only 15 percent of our daily protein intake. But a high-protein breakfast goes a long way. It will keep […]

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Dark Honey Packs More Antioxidants

Dark Honey Packs More Antioxidants

Bees truly are busy. They pollinate the crops we grow for food and fiber and provide us with sweet, delicious honey. Like sugar, honey naturally has equal parts fructose and glucose. But sugar lacks the antioxidants and vitamins that honey has. And the darker the honey, the more disease-fighting compounds it actually contains. A 1998 University of Illinois study found that what bees eat determines the level of antioxidants in honey. And according to researchers, honey varies widely in color, […]

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The Link Between Women, Fat and Estrogen

The Link Between Women, Fat and Estrogen

Although women burn off more fat than men during exercise, they don’t lose as much body fat with exercise. That’s because women store fat more efficiently then men, despite eating proportionally fewer calories. But why? New research from the University of New South Walessuggests a link between estrogen and its impact on fat storage for childbearing. According to the studies, the female sex hormones estrogen reduces a woman’s ability to burn energy after eating, which results in more fat being […]

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Push Away from the Table: Why Only Calories Count

Why Only Calories Count

High carb, high fat, low-fat, high protein … when it comes to diets, do macronutrient ratios count? Not really. The key to losing weight is calorie reduction. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Pennington Biomedical Research Center found that heart-healthy diets that reduce calorie intake–regardless of differing proportions of fat, protein, or carbohydrate–resulted in more weight-loss success. The study found similar weight loss after two and a half years among participants assigned to four diets that […]

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